Athletes Step off the Playing Field and onto the Sidelines to Become Coaches

October 9, 2013

On Saturday, October 5, Special Olympics Wisconsin (SOWI) athletes from across the state stepped off the playing field and onto the sidelines for a one-day Athletes as Coaches workshop from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at St. Jerome’s School (1550 Farnham St.) in Columbus, Wisconsin to receive training on how to become a SOWI coach.

During the workshop, athletes learned the roles of a coach and discovered how to plan practice sessions. The athletes will continue with more training before they can become a registered athlete-coach.

Athletes as Coaches is one of SOWI’s Athlete Leadership Programs (ALPs) which encourages athletes to serve in meaningful leadership roles outside of sports. While coaching is a popular option for many athletes, others serve on committees or speak publically about the importance of Special Olympics. This free program motivates athletes to become more self-confident, develop workforce skills, teach others, become decision makers and serve as mentors to other athletes.

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